Yemen / by Lewis McKinnon

Saudi Arabia failed to provide sufficient proof to be permanently removed from the United Nations (UN) blacklist for killing children in Yemen. Yemeni government negotiators left peace talks in Kuwait after Houthi militia rejected the UN’s proposal to end the war. Doctors Without Borders withdrew their staff from hospitals in northern Yemen. Large numbers of Yemenis gathered in support of Houthi rebels in Sanaa. Yemen’s ex-president Saleh declared he was interested in working with Russia to combat terrorism in Yemen. Official information from medical facilities in Yemen put the new toll of causalities to over 10,000 people. Yemeni government forces launched an offensive east of Sanaa after peace talks were inconclusive. Saudi Arabia intercepted two missiles fired from Yemen. Yemeni army forces pushed al-Qaeda fighters out of two cities and killed 40 suspected militants. An airstrike hit a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Hajjah. A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State (IS) in Aden killed over 60 people. Exiled-Yemeni government sought to stop central bank officials from accessing state funds held overseas. Yemen resumed production and exports from its Masila oil fields. The cost of damaged infrastructure and economic losses amounted to $14 billion since the beginning of the civil war.